Monday, September 21, 2009

Bring Out Your Dead



Sorry for the morbid headline.  I know Monty Python fans will forgive me, though.

Every now and then a new website comes along that seems worth keeping an eye on.  Deceased Online is one such site.

As the name suggests, this is a lookup service for the names of the dead, in this case, the deceased from UK and Irish death records.  As Deceased Online puts it, the site is a "central database for UK burials and cremations"".

Records don't go back to the Black Death, 
but you can get 19th century information

This is a growing site, that currently houses a bit under half a million records from 1837 onward.  They are adding new records regularly, from more than 3,000 burial authorities and almost 250 crematoria in the UK and Ireland.

Searching here is free, and results will give you a name, date and place of passing, the final disposition of the body (whether buried or cremated, and at which authority).  For a fee, additional information is available, including scans of the actual register pages and remembrance pages, and more precise information about the actual gravesite.

This is a pretty rich resource, and one worth checking out.

Also visit the main page of Free Genealogy Tools for more, umm, free genealogical tools.

And don't forget to also check for your family history at Ancestry.com and NewspaperArchive.com. These are subscription databases, but they are among the most powerful research tools available for looking into family roots.

1 comment:

richard gray said...

Hi there. I'm head of marketing with Deceased Online and thanks for your kind remarks. The good news is that we've just added around 250,000 more burial records for areas such as Cambridge City, Gainsborough (Lincolnshire) and two areas of north London, Wembley and Willesden. Over the next 3-4 months, we'll be adding the LARGEST burial resource in the UK to the website which will include over 1 million records in London. We should also shortly add many more records for Scotland and other parts of England and Wales.

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